Academic Role: Assistant Professor
Faculty Appointment(s) and Affiliations:
My passion for the neurosciences started in college when I had the opportunity to study the neurobiology of Alzheimer disease on the human brain. Little did I know that my fascination with the brain would lead me to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Our lab used the Rhesus monkey as the primate model to study the neurobiological basis of aging. I still believe the brain is the most interesting organ in the body; the three pound mass helps define who we are individually and helps separate us from all other primates.
Understandably, during my studies in medical school, neurology spiked quite an interest. However, my introduction to the field of anesthesiology opened a fascinating and challenging new world for this young scientist. Anesthesiology is a unique field that continues to explore the complexity of the brain and the enigma of consciousness, as well as our very unique responses and experiences to pain.
I am thrilled to be a member of the talented and experienced staff at the Memorial campus. I feel privileged to be among clinicians who are dedicated to exceptional patient care and teamwork.
Some of my interests include difficult airway management, electronic medical records, resident education, and ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia. I am excited to participate in the committee dedicated to bringing the electronic medical record to the operating room. I am also actively involved with the growth and refinement of the acute pain service at the Memorial campus. I’m fortunate to be a part of such a wonderful group of talented and dedicated physicians. I look forward to each day knowing that we can offer an anesthesia experience that leaves both the patient and the anesthesia team feeling extremely satisfied.
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Ph.D. (Anatomy and Neurobiology) Boston University, 2002
M.D. Boston University, 2006
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Residency in Anesthesiology, 2007-10